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Election of the ISA officers
for the period Fall 2014 – Summer 2018

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Elena Zdravomyslova


Doctor of Sociology, Professor and co-director of the Gender Program at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia, and project coordinator at the Centre for Independent Social Research (SPb). Her research and teaching fields include the sociology of care, gender studies, and qualitative research methods. Areas of expertise include gender relations in Russia, feminist theory, biographical research, and social movements.

In 2010-2014 she has served as a member of the National Associations Liaison Committee of ISA Executive Committee, a member of the editorial board of Current Sociology (ISA), and a consulting and regional editor of Global Dialogue (ISA). She was a member of ISA Program Committee between 2003 and 2006. She is active in the multiple international research networks (focusing on qualitative methodology, gender studies, and social movements) and contributes to the development of public sociology in Russia.

Among her recent publications in English are: “Gender’s crooked path: Feminism confronts Russian Patriarchy,” Current Sociology. “Perestroika and Feminist Criticism,” in A. Saarinen et al. (eds.) Women and Transformation in Russia, Taylor & Francis, pp.111-126, 2013. “Making and Managing Class: Employment of paid domestic workers in Russia” (with Anna Rotkirch and Olga Tkach), in Suvi Salmenniemi(ed.) Rethinking Class in Russia, Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.


Priorities if elected Vice-President

If elected, I will follow the current principles of ISA publications policy but with certain priorities, based on my past and present professional experience as an editorial board member of several sociological journals.

    1. Quality
      ISA publications should continue to shape international debates and contain work of the highest scholarly quality. International Sociology (IS) and Current Sociology (CS) should continue to be the “leading professional journals and make contribution to the debates that have shaped the discipline and have an undisputed international reputation for publishing texts of the highest academic standard.” The guarantee of this is the well-established peer-review process that in my view should be made more efficient and timely.
    2. Innovative original research and debates
      To publish original research and innovative critical commentary on current debates within sociology, ISA publications have to present path-breaking work from all areas of sociology, including theoretical and empirical work, quantitative and qualitative methodology, and innovative methods, encouraging debates of international significance and charting out future trends of sociological importance.
    3. Diversity
      ISA publications provide its readers with an understanding of the diversity of our discipline. A priority will be that the scope of ISA publications is wide-ranging, both geographically and substantively. The balance between theoretical and empirically based contributions should also be observed.
    4. International dialogue
      I see the publications of ISA as an international platform to publish results of theoretical and empirical studies across the world. I will enhance the representativeness of regional sociological schools in ISA publications to voice their perspective on current sociological debates.
    5. Relevance to international public debates
      I will try to insure that ISA publications provide a lively forum for sociological debates on current trends and world events, underlining continuing relevance of sociological research to public debates.
    6. Equality and care
      My priority will be to assist the less structurally privileged scholars for their integration into the international scientific field. I will make an effort to publish articles by those authors whose English is not a native language or who come from the less sociologically advanced countries and thus have all sorts of problems in submitting manuscripts. I would also like ISA publications to give more space to the best-quality junior sociologists, who are the future of our profession (winners and finalists of the Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists and participants in the Lab).
    7. Social science broadly conceive
      One of my priorities is that ISA publications overcome rigid barriers between different areas of the social science and help to advance contemporary interdisciplinary research approaches and methods. ISA publications are to be opened to sociologically informed contributions from anthropologists, statisticians, economists, educators, historians, and political scientists. 

So the main goal is that ISA publications be essential reading for sociologists and social scientists all over the globe. This reading should be both exciting and informative, providing up-to-date and relevant expertise. This basically requires coordination and a combination of efforts from all interested actors: RCs, NAs, editorial boards of ISA publications as well as individual authors and editors.


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